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9/17/2018

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes that the lack of charging stations is limiting the expanded use of electric vehicles, which would be better for the environment. Bloomberg points to two interstate coalitions that provide charging networks and writes, "we should be making progress a lot faster in all regions of the country."

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9/17/2018

The $134.6 million Suncoast Parkway 2 project began in April and should be completed in 2022, said David Gwynn of the Florida Department of Transportation. One component of the project has been the relocation of more than 450 gopher tortoises, Gwynn said.

9/17/2018

West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith briefed the state's Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Department of Transportation Accountability on Sunday regarding funding levels and project progress. The state's transportation funding sources include $500 million in turnpike bonds.

9/17/2018

Incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and the Democratic competitor for her District 3 seat, Carolyn Long, told the editorial board of The Columbian that they agree the Interstate 5 bridge should be replaced, but they differ on key issues. Herrera Beutler said bus rapid transit should be incorporated into the plan, while Long said light rail potential also should be included.

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9/17/2018

A recent report recommended that the Queensland government in Australia create a toll road ombudsman. The report also recommended a reduction in fees and charges and noted the lack of competition in tolling.

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9/17/2018

Citi Logik, a smart city analytics company, has deployed CitiAnalytics to provide mobile network analysis of road and transportation use in Kingston upon Hull, England. With the Office for National Statistics predicting UK population to reach 70 million by 2029, understanding how people navigate cities --- using mobile cell phones and big data sets --- today could aid future infrastructure planning and development.

9/17/2018

The BMW Vision iNext autonomous electric SUV concept was unveiled inside a Lufthansa Cargo jet that flew to New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Munich for the worldwide exhibit. Production is expected to begin in 2021 for a vehicle that includes interactive projections and touch-sensitive fabrics.

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9/17/2018

The ports of Wilmington and Morehead City in North Carolina will remain closed through midweek, according to the state's Ports Authority, to repair damage from Hurricane Florence. There was structural damage to the ports' warehouses and numerous downed empty containers.

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FreightWaves
9/14/2018

Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning near Wilmington, N.C., as a Category 1 storm. In advance of the storm, the ports of Charleston and Wilmington closed, and truckload spot rates surged, though rates will probably return to normal levels as the weather clears due to the proximity of Atlanta's distribution centers.

9/14/2018

Nestle is installing Starling technology to monitor its palm oil plantations as the company works to prevent deforestation as part of its commitment to sustainability. The Starling platform utilizes imagery from radar and satellites to evaluate any changes in forest cover.

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